I have a polished aluminum .45 Colt with a hollow polished aluminum round nose bullet jacket with the headstamp “LONE RANGER 45”. It has a simulated primer. I obtained this cartridge in 1986 during a visit to Ellis Mercantile in Culver City, CA. For those that do not know, they were a major supplier of props for the movies, including guns and gunbelts. I was allowed to go through hundreds of gunbelts and holsters and remove dummy cartridges from them. My major interest was .45 Colt and I obtained about 25 movie dummies that day. When I had finished doing this, the Chief Armour said he had another gunbelt in special storage that I might be interested in. He then pulled out a set he said had been used in a number of Lone Ranger movies in the 1950’s. The belt had about 20 of the above “Silver Bullet” cartridges in it and I was allowed to take one.
He said that it was his understanding that these cartridges were also handed out by the “Lone Ranger” at appearances at county fairs, etc. As a kid in the 1950’s I saw him perform at our local fair in Cadillac, Michigan. I think this was about 1956. He fired his guns and I was lucky enough to get one of the fired cases. It is a nickel plated blank with the headstamp “REM-UMC 45 COLT”. None of the above dummies were handed out that night.
He also said he thought that some toy company had bought the remaining stock of the dummies for use in a toy gun set about 1960. Does anyone know anything about this toy gun and who made it?